Charlie 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

Charlie 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 15, 2018

Graduates: July 06, 2018


CHARLIE-196 – Week 03 Summary


Boot camp is an ever-changing beast. Whenever you start to get even slightly comfortable with what you are up against, it grows a new gnarly head. To keep from being mauled alive, you have to stay on your toes and keep adapting. We, as a company, have been doing all we can to form together and look out for each other. However, every battle has its casualties. This week started records of counseling, which to be honest, has had most of us scared to death. Our Company Commanders have been slinging them around like it’s Christmas, and SK1 Resto is like the ROC Oprah. We really do not know their effects yet, besides the fact that can make us “go away”.

The Bootcamp Beast has marked its first targets. Red and reflective, the probation belts make the victims visible from across the regiment. This is very bad news as the Company Commanders hone in like bees trying to give you a sting. It is like a sport for them, trying to be the first to catch the recruit slipping. That is not even our own Company Commanders, as ours have a full playbook to work with. Testing your marching movements in the galley, blasting you with questions on required knowledge, uniform inspections, etc. As a cherry on top, you get to spend extra time getting more personal incentive training and remedial instruction. It is not a place any recruit desires to spend time; however, if and when you make it through, you come out a better squared away recruit.

Week 03 has been a roller coaster. One of the positives has been starting our seamanship classes. The more practical knowledge we have been wanting. Learning more about the vessels we could be stationed on had everyone’s attention. We even got to use a helmsman simulator, which was the closest thing we have had to a video game in weeks. We have had the opportunity to march in two graduations so far. It is special for us to get to see our shipmates off on their big day. It also means we get to climb the totem pole and be one step closer ourselves.


Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.